Last year, the University of Colorado surprised plenty of football fans when it announced it had tapped Deion Sanders to become the next head coach of the Buffaloes.
The man known as “Coach Prime” had more than managed to hold his own during his time at Jackson State, but there were (and still are) plenty of questions about how he’d fare after making the leap to a slightly more prominent program.
With that said, Colorado didn’t really have much to lose when you consider the team posted a 1-11 record in 2022, and it’s been impossible to ignore the immediate impact Sanders made after arriving in Boulder.
The head coach has always exuded an impressive amount of confidence, and while he’s certainly assembled a pretty impressive roster thanks in no small part to the players he’s landed through the transfer portal, there are plenty of people who are skeptical the experiment will end up being a resounding success.
Sanders didn’t exactly temper expectations when he asserted the Buffaloes will only need “a few years” to win a national championship, but plenty of people seem to be confident he has what it takes to secure the school’s first title since 1990 in his inaugural campaign.
On Monday, BetMGM revealed Colorado is currently its biggest liability to win it all once the 2023 season comes to a close, as the team has attracted 8.1% of the total wagers placed on the eventual winner of the College Football Playoff in spite of (or perhaps because of) the fairly astronomical +25000 odds they’re getting.
This would appear to be just the latest example of sports fans getting caught up in the hype and betting on a long shot despite an overwhelming number of indicators that suggest they’re basically throwing their money away.
However, there’s always (an incredibly slim) chance it ends up working out for them.